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Spanish

Spanish (español) is a Romance language originally from the northern area of Spain. It is the official language of Spain, most Latin American countries and Equatorial Guinea. In total, twenty nations and several territories use Spanish as their primary language.

The language was spoken by roughly 364 million people worldwide in the year 2000, making Spanish the most popular Romance language and the second to fifth most spoken language by number of native speakers. It is estimated that the combined total of native and non-native Spanish speakers is 400–480 million, probably making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers.

Spanish is also one of six official working languages of the United Nations and one of the most used global languages. It is spoken most extensively in the Americas, Spain and to a small extent in Africa and Asia Pacific. It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States and arguably the most popular foreign language for study in US schools and Universities.

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An all gates sign found at the airport.

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Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate. Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora’s story, along with Raúl Colón’s glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small.

Critical/Educational

In this bilingual a-b-c book, gorillas strum guitars and pandas juggle papayas, as one by one the animals join in to create a rollicking fiesta. Infused with Latin American flavor, MARIMBA! is a fun-filled introduction to the Spanish language for the youngest picture book reader.

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This is a restroom sign found at the airport in both Spanish and English.

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Tortillas: Found at La Estrellita Tienda Mexicana

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Spansh drink: Jumex Peach Nectar

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Spanish DVD: Found at La Estrellita Tienda Mexicana

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Mexican Grocery Store

Information about the Spanish language:

Spanish
español, castellano 

Pronunciation:

IPA: /espa'ɲol/, /kaste'ʎano/

Spoken in:

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and a part of the population of Andorra, Belize and the United States.

Total speakers:

Native: 364 million
Total: 400–480 million 

Ranking:

2-5 (natively), 3 (total)

Language family:

Indo-European
 Italic
  Romance
   Italo-Western
    Gallo-Iberian
     Ibero-Romance
      West Iberian
       Spanish 

Writing system:

Latin (Spanish variant

Official status

Official language of:

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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Spanish Newpaper: Found at La Estrellita Tienda Mexicana